Wine Review – Henry of Pelham Gems for Late Summer

Wine Review – Henry of Pelham Gems for Late Summer

2016 Henry of Pelham Fumé Sauvignon Blanc – $19.95 – ****+ – Wow, just wow! Sauvignon Blanc from Ontario is something that needs a little more love and this bottle is a reason why. There is an intense tropical note on the nose with guava, passion fruit and pineapple. The flavours match the nose and open up with a nice weight and texture on the palate. This is truly a bottle worth seeking out and…

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Southbrook – So Many New Things.

Southbrook – So Many New Things.

Earlier this year I had a chance to do a broad tasting of the current offerings from Southbrook. Last year I had an opportunity to taste a depth of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon. It would seem the wines for sale this year offer something a little bit interesting. Vidal served two ways – both a sparkling and orange version. Also, we see a cider that is something of a Niagara take on a basque style….

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Hinterland – New Vintages (Dec 2016)

Hinterland – New Vintages (Dec 2016)

There’s a few new wines available at Hinterland. If you missed out on scoring a bottle of Les Étoiles don’t worry, if you stow a couple bottles away they will be ready to go in time for 2018! 2013 Les Étoiles – $39.00 – ****½ – While reading this note I would like you to picture me wiping a tear from my eye as I give Hinterland a standing ovation for this outstanding bottle. Aromas…

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Nov 11 – 2014 Inniskillin Vidal Sparkling Icewine – 2015 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling

Nov 11 – 2014 Inniskillin Vidal Sparkling Icewine – 2015 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling

2014 Inniskillin Vidal Sparkling Icewine – Vintages 560367 – $ – ***** – This wine is pricey, but the perfect thing to enjoy this winter. The bubbles from this wine help pull the sweet wine off the palate and keep it cleansed and refreshed. That being said this packs concentrated honey and peach flavours on the palate. The aromas are honey, peach, apricot and citrus but comes out of the glass heavy. It is a…

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Aug 19 – 2014 Lighthall Progression – 2014 Norman Hardie County Unfiltered Pinot Noir

Aug 19 – 2014 Lighthall Progression – 2014 Norman Hardie County Unfiltered Pinot Noir

2014 Lighthall Progression – Vintages 468090 – $20.00 – **** – This is the perfect bubbly for the patio. The nose is bright clean citrus. The flavours are citrus with white flower. There is nothing too complicated about this wine, it just tastes good. The finish is clean and crisp just like you would expect from a well put together sparkling wine. Now for the interesting part, this wine is made with vidal. The grape…

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Exultet (Summer 2016)

Exultet (Summer 2016)

This year at the Ontario Wine Awards Exultet regained their crown for the best Chardonnay and also the best White Wine at the competition. This means this small winery in Prince Edward County now holds the best Chardonnay award from the OWA’s five out of the last six years. Now here is the fun part of the awards this year is that Exultet took both Gold and Bronze for different vintages of “The Blessed”. So,…

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Lighthall – (May 2016)

Lighthall – (May 2016)

I had the chance to finally visit Lighthall Vineyards this spring. I have tasted the wines on several occasions at events in Toronto and have always been a big fan. Needless to say my visit to the winery is one that was long overdue. There are many reasons to get out to the County to taste the wines at Lighthall. Owner Glenn Symons is making cheese… It’s very good cheese. In the past month I…

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May 20 – 2014 Adamo The Stopper – 2012 Domaine Queylus Tradition Pinot Noir

May 20 – 2014 Adamo The Stopper  – 2012 Domaine Queylus Tradition Pinot Noir

2014 Adamo the Stopper – Vintages 452235 – $14.95 – **** – This is the first time in Vintages for new winery Adamo. Located near Orangeville they do have vines planted on their estate, but much of their fruit is also coming from fantastic growers in Niagara. This wine is blend of Riesling, Vidal and Gewürztraminer and brings a crowd pleasing wine to the shelves of vintages. The structure of this wine brings the best…

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Pelee Island – Lola

Pelee Island – Lola

2014 Pelee Island Lola – LCBO TBD – Price $12.95 – **** – This sparkling blend of Vidal and Chambourcin is something that you should plan on drinking a lot of this summer. It’s off dry and you get a bit of the residual sugar on the finish, but the bubbles keep this wine from coming off as too sweet. Flavours are raspberry, strawberry, citrus and just a whisper of spice on the finish. This…

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Konzelmann 2012 Heritage Reserve – 2011 Vidal Icewine

Konzelmann 2012 Heritage Reserve – 2011 Vidal Icewine

2012 Heritage Reserve – Winery Only – $30.15 – ****+ – I have made no secret of my disdain for the term Meritage so I had to chuckle a bit opening this bottle from Konzelmann to see it called “Heritage”. The Meritage does rhyme with Heritage if you are saying it correctly and the name of this wine gets rid of the ambiguity in pronunciation that drives me insane. But the name is obviously not…

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